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Plaza 3 Theatre

3217 Tyre Neck Rd
Churchland VA 23703

Record #17319  
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use: Office Space
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Century Circuit, NEI Theatres, Regal Cinemas

This theatre, though it has tiny auditoriums, was equipped with 70mm/six track sound in the 1970s and showed many movies in that format. Later they were the first in Virginia to install Dolby Stereo. Nothing fancy in terms of architecture, but was in many ways the best equipped theatre in the area during the 1970s.

The Plaza Theater was opened in the 1970s as part of a strip mall and, after the original owner sold it in the early 1980s, was operated by a succession of companies, including NEI and Regal, before its last days as a sub-run owned by an independent owner in the late 1990s.

The space is now used by a local modelling/talent agency that has kept much of the lobby area intact, even leaving the small "Plaza Theater" sign in place hanging on the underside of the strip mall sidewalk covering. The modest marquee on front of the overhang has been removed and the theater name has been covered up on the mall signage out near the road (however the signage by the road still has the spacing for film titles and the screen numbers - hard to mistake it for anything other than a cinema sign).


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Last featured 7/3/2004. Last edited 8/5/2013.

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